CURRENT CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITY

Petition – please sign

The ‘delivery vehicle’, known as North Essex Garden Communities Ltd, which was created by the councils to deliver the three failed garden communities, is STILL spending tax payers money AND is now asking for more.

Please read more here and SIGN & SHARE THE PETITION:

Petition: No more money to failed garden communities

 

Download the petition here to print out for your friends and neighbours to sign:  PetitionNo more tax payers’ money

 

North Essex Garden Communities…the story so far

IN JUNE 2018 THE PLANNING INSPECTOR FOUND NORTH ESSEX GARDEN COMMUNITIES PLAN UNSOUND AND SENT THE COUNCILS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

The Inspector’s letter highlighted shortcomings including:

  • Failings in the sustainability appraisal which may breach legal requirements;
  • Major flaws in the viability appraisal of the proposals, including failure to deal adequately with transport infrastructure costs, land purchase and interest or contingency allowance;
  • Failure to include details of employment land or floor-space;
  • Conclusions over deliverability of affordable housing which cannot be relied upon;
  • Uncertainties about trunk road improvements, such that no firm view of feasibility of West Tey or West of Braintree can yet be made;
  • Over-ambitious targets for modal-shift and no feasibility study or costing of mass rapid transit options;

NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE

Despite the inspector’s findings, the authorities have been ploughing on regardless, in the pretence that it’s business as usual.  On July 23, for example, Braintree’s Leader, Mr Butland, told Full Council it would take three months to do the work required on the three garden communities.   In the event, the councils only managed to cobble together a response to the inspector’s letter in October and his response is awaited at time of typing (14 November).    He will need to give them the go ahead before they can continue with work.

 

 

 

 

 

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Background information on Monks Wood,submitted to councils by Lightwood:

https://colchester.jdi-consult.net/localplan/viewreps.php?action=submitsearch&docid=6&respondentid=6647

West Tey Issues & Options document and feedback from the public:

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200230/planning_policy/1081/north_essex_garden_communities/2
‘West Tey’

West Tey purple blob map    Petition folder1

‘Monks Wood’

 Monks Wood regional map

For an example of the kind of advice we have paid for to date, here is our responses to consultations:

CAUSE submission Publication Plan 2017

CAUSE garden communities submission Sep 2016

 

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